Lux­ury camp­ing with views of Rodeo Drive

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The ebb and flow of travel trends are gen­uinely en­ter­tain­ing. The hum­ble and rugged camp­ing has evolved to “glamp­ing,” a port­man­teau of glamour and camp­ing that al­lows the “glam­per” to en­joy unique ex­pe­ri­ences out­doors with­out giv­ing up crea­ture com­forts. The iconic Four Sea­sons Bev­erly Wil­shire in Los An­ge­les of­feres the ul­ti­mate glamp­ing trip on its 10th floor. At the 200-square-foot ter­race of the Ve­randa Suite, the only room in the ho­tel that has an en­tire floor to it­self, stands a huge tent 16 feet in di­am­e­ter and 10 feet tall in the mid­dle. In­side the tent are a queen size bed, Four Sea­sons linens, and de­tails that whis­per lux­u­ries such as a crys­tal chan­de­lier, mar­ble lamps, an­tique night­stands, and fur rugs. Out­side the tent is a stun­ning view of the Hol­ly­wood Hills and Rodeo Drive that can be seen while chill­ing in over­sized lounge fur­ni­ture with a fire­place in the mid­dle. An al-fresco din­ing that seats eight peo­ple is also set up. A de­lec­ta­ble menu is pre­pared by the ho­tel’s ex­ec­u­tive chef that in­cludes Ja­panese Mishima ul­tra wagyu beef and Os­se­tra caviar, while ex­ec­u­tive pas­try chef Chris Ford ends the meal with a flour­ish: a smoked 55 per­cent Val­rhona choco­late bar with a vin­tage Cham­pagne flight, a Tahi­tian vanilla bean marsh­mal­low, and camp­fire s’mores in the com­pany of 24 karat gold leaf. Welcome to the world of glamp­ing!

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